If you're planning a luxury vacation this winter or spring, there are some resort-wear trends you'll want to keep in mind while shopping for some new ensembles. Whether you're packing a suitcase for St. Tahiti or Turks & Caicos, here are some of the hottest looks you'll want to include in your suitcase:
The ubiquitous nautical trend is back & bolder than ever for this year's resort collections. This year, though, designers offered a new twist on classic designs. For example, Marni incorporated navy & white stripes into a calf-grazing skirt with an enormous ruffle, while Marc Jacobs included this quintessential print into a fur pullover for an updated look. Consider a button-up belted dress with marinière stripes, which can take you seamlessly from a casual daytime jaunt to drinks at a trendy local bar.
This isn't the crochet you remember from the '70s – it's far edgier. Sarah Burton paid homage to the bohemian era with macramé tunics, while Alexander McQueen's crochet dresses featured a collar & a plunging neckline for a surprisingly sultry take. You might take along a macramé beach cover-up for lounging in the hammock, or a crochet jacket, which is the perfect weight for those island nights.
Drama in paradise
Tropical prints are certainly expected on the resort runways, but these were not your typical Hawaiian florals. Jason Wu proved that exotic patterns can indeed have a darker side, revealing sophisticated shift dresses that featured ominous jet black floral shadows, while Fausto Puglisi sent models down the runway in stunning mini-dresses with jet the shadows of black palm tress against a neon green backdrop. If you're headed to the Big Island, trade your traditionally cheery tropical pieces for an eye-catching black wrap dress with ethereal flowers, or a palm tree printed tank dress with tough leather accents.
Go for the gold
While you're working on getting that golden glow basking in the Mexican sun, you'll be glad to have a few metallic pieces in your suitcase. Not only is gold a major trend for resortwear this spring, it's also a hue that's surprisingly versatile on vacation. Jonathan Simkhai dressed models in bronze bustier tops & pencil skirts, while Acne Studios put a twist on tradition with gold foil blazers. Bring a shimmering miniskirt with you for the casino or cocktailing. Gold isn't just for the evening, either. You could easily rock a glittering cardigan with your denim shorts in the afternoon. Or if you're looking to attract some attention on the beach, a metallic swimsuit should do the trick.
The term "locavore" has become a well-known way of describing people who only eat ingredients that were sourced locally, which is a rising trend across the world. In Jamaica, though, this idea is not just a passing fad – it's the only way. Every meal on this island is made with the freshest vegetables, fruits, herbs & other foods that were grown & harvested remarkably close to where they are served.
For this reason, Negril is an ideal place for foodies. Here are some of the top restaurants to experience the farm-to-table culinary concept on a luxury vacation:
Stepping into this restaurant feels like walking into an inviting Jamaican abode – & the cozy wood atmosphere & comforting aromas of authentic dishes are certain to make you feel right at home. Jamaica Travel and Culture noted that locals regard this as one of the best places to get authentic food, such as saltfish, curried goat, stew chicken & conch steak. Wash it all down with a refreshing pawpaw daiquiri as a cool breeze wafts through the open doorway.
If you can find your way to this hidden gem on the west end of Negril, you'll instantly be overwhelmed by the aroma of jerk chicken smoldering over a fragrant wood fire. Caribbean Travel magazine reported that the three "jerk brothers" at 3 Dives make their famous "granny sauce" in-house, which is so popular that patrons often insist on taking some home. Savor a local lobster grilled over allspice charcoal & served with garlic butter, callaloo, rice & peas. Then sip on a cold Jamaican beer by the flickering fire as the sun sets over the cliff.
The cuisine at this elegant five-star restaurant fuses French & Caribbean flavors for a unique culinary experience. Savory seafood crepes and the Caribbean pork are both a highlight, but you can't go wrong with the dishes here, all of which are made with meat, grains, vegetables & dairy products from the owners' own farm. Gourmands should opt for the five-course meal, which changes every night. Stop by on Thursday & Saturday nights to watch the live heritage shows with traditional Jamaican folk music.
Vegetarians will rejoice at this relaxed eatery, which serves up a range of innovative & richly flavorful meatless dishes, like the grilled tofu with peanut sauce or curried chickpea burrito. If you're craving seafood, you have plenty of options as well – don't miss the thyme fish cakes with cumin yogurt sauce. Customize your own exotic cocktail or sample some of the menu's offerings at the all-natural juice bar. Then stick around & sway to live roots reggae & be sure to stop by the art gallery on the lower level on your way out.
If you're looking for some excitement on your luxury vacation to the island of St. Lucia, your best bet is to head to Rodney Bay, an 80-acre man-made lagoon just 15 minutes from Castries. With the island's only casino, extravagant yachting centers, beautiful beaches, a range of gourmet restaurants & fascinating historical sites & museums, you'll have plenty to do, no matter your interests. The only challenge will be squeezing it all in.
Here's a peek at what your memorable excursion here could look like:
Hole in one
What's luxury travel without a round of golf overlooking the breathtaking Piton mountains? Practice your back-swing at the 18-hole St. Lucia Golf & Country Club, which hosts a number of annual international tournaments. If you're still a novice, rest assured that there are several golf pros available on site to offer helpful tips.
Chill with a cocktail
While strolling through Rodney Bay Village, do as the locals do & "go on the lime." According to USA Today, this basically means catching up with your friends over a cocktail. One of the best places for liming is Rehab, a bar that honors the late Amy Winehouse. Pick your poison from a bevy of potent specialty drinks while Motown music provides a nostalgic soundtrack.
No trip to Rodney Bay would be complete without a visit to the St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. With an impressive collection of historical records, images & video clips pertaining to St. Lucian cultural events, you'll get a richer understanding of what life on the island was like through the decades, & how it has changed. Don't forget to check out the free Creole recipes so you can emulate the flavorful culinary style at home. Also, be sure to stop by the boutique on your way out for a unique souvenir to commemorate your trip.
Try your luck
Whether you're a seasoned poker player or prefer to play the slot machines, head to the Treasure Bay Casino for a chance to win big – or just have some fun trying. With a variety of table games including Blackjack, Craps & Roulette as well as 250 slots, there's something for visitors of all levels to get involved in. The fun doesn't stop until the sun rises either, as the casino is open until 4 a.m. Just remember to dress up in your most stylish threads for an evening at Treasure Bay – after all, you have to look like a winner to be one.
Basking on the beach in the Bahamas will surely help you achieve a radiant glow but it certainly doesn't make it easy to wear your favorite makeup. Between the sun, sweat & sand, you may feel like your whole face is sliding off. So how do you stay gorgeous on your luxury vacation?
Follow these tips & you'll look stunning from the moment you arrive to the second you pack your bags, regardless of the conditions:
Switch your skincare products
While your normal cleanser might work perfectly fine at home, it's unlikely to be effective in a tropical climate. Intense heat & humidity accelerate oil production, so you may need one that can regulate how much your glands make. If you're prone to breakouts, Real Beauty suggested trading out your cleanser for one that's based in salicylic acid, which helps to ward off acne, even in sweltering temperatures.
You also may need to upgrade your facial moisturizer to a richer cream. Dr. Adam Geyer, a dermatologist in New York City, explained to Self magazine that when you sweat, many of the hydrating lipids underneath the skin's surface also evaporate. Additionally, he noted that salt from the ocean can actually suck moisture out of the skin. Chlorine in a swimming pool is also extremely drying. The most effective products contain humectants that attract water to the skin cells, such as sorbitol, glycerin & alpha hydroxy acids.
Shield your skin
It goes without saying that strong UV rays call for a high SPF. Look for a moisturizer that has built-in protection for your face, which will not only prevent a painful burn but also early signs of aging. Don't forget that your lips need to be shielded, too. Whether you're headed to the pool or going sightseeing, keep an SPF lip balm in your bag to safeguard your pout.
Opt for a stain
Glosses can be too sticky for the beach, while a matte lipstick is too dry. When you want a natural-looking flush, go for a lip stain with a moisturizing balm attached. It won't melt in the hot sun, & its hue will last far longer than any other formula.
Prep lashes with powder
Using waterproof mascara is a no-brainer when you're vacationing on an island. However, there's another lesser-known trick that could keep your lashes from clumping or smudging. Tina Turnbow, a makeup artist in New York City, told Fitness magazine that applying a light layer of translucent powder onto lashes prior to sweeping on mascara can keep the pigment in place because it soaks up any excess oil.
Whether it's your one- or 20-year wedding anniversary, a vacation to an exotic locale might be just what you need to celebrate the time you've spent together & make some new memories that will last a lifetime. El Dorado Royale, a luxury hotel in Mexico set on a beach in Riviera Maya, is made for such occasions. Condé Nast Traveler voted this adult only vacation spot one of the top 100 Hotels in the World – & with good reason. This is a paradise where couples come to get pampered & indulge their every desire.
Here's a peek at what your getaway would look like:
You can't go wrong with your room selection at El Dorado Royale. Every suite features a sizeable terrace with a hammock for lounging in, 24-hour room service & a private Jacuzzi for two. For the couple that wants an ultra-luxurious experience, the recently renovated premium Jacuzzi swim up suites connect directly to the lazy river off the terrace, & provide premium services like personalized concierge & a bottle of bubbly upon arrival. You'll be able to customize the experience by selecting from a wide variety of pillow & aromatherapy options. Meanwhile, a butler will be on hand to wait on you poolside.
There are a multitude of activities for any couple to get closer, no matter their interests. Nurture an old passion, like kayaking or tennis, or find a new one together, like snorkeling. You could even take cooking classes or Latin dance lessons – the sky's the limit. You may find a hobby you can share long after your vacation is over.
Relax & rejuvenate
The spa at El Dorado Royale was created with the core concept of soothing your body & mind in a romantic setting. Start your day with the sunrise couple's massage right on the beach with a mimosa in hand, or end it with a sensual chocolate therapy treatment for the epitome of indulgence.
Spice things up
With seven gourmet restaurants & 13 bars, you'll have plenty of places to feast & imbibe. If you're looking for more of an interactive experience, book a reservation at Fuentes, an innovative culinary theater.
There's a bar for every vibe, but all have stunning ocean views & delicious cocktails. Bar Las Guacamayas has a bevy of swinging chairs for you to sit back & sip on a cold michelada. A live band provides the soundtrack while you sample aged tequilas.
If there's one thing that El Dorado Royale values, it's intimacy. For that reason, this resort offers specialized romantic packages that are designed to make your trip memorable. With amenities from secluded beach beds to private open-air showers, you'll both feel as if you are the only people that exist. By night, dine on a delectable candlelit dinner for two right on the beach as the waves crash in the distance.